Friday, November 14, 2008

What if the newspaper didn't publish daily?

Robyn Tomlin writes:

So, I told you part of the reason I blog is the "think out loud."

To that end, I'm fascinated by the trend at a number of small, and not medium-sized, newspapers to reduce the number of days of the week that they publish in print while continuing to be a full-service online news center seven days a week.

The most recent addition to this club is The East Valley Tribune, a newspaper that circulates more than 100,000 copies a day in the Phoenix suburbs. The newspaper leadership announced that they will move to publishing only four days a week beginning in January.

They follow several smaller newspaper and The Christian Science Monitor, which will go from daily publication to weekly publication.

"It wouldn't surprise me to see more of this as the tsunami that has hit the newspaper business moves on," said John Morton, a newspaper analyst told BusinessWeek magazine. "It looks like conditions are going to be negative certainly through 2009 and perhaps through 2010."


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